Hal Holbrook (1925–2021)


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Hal Holbrook was an Emmy- and Tony-Award winning actor who was one of the great craftsmen of stage and screen. He was best known for his performance as Mark Twain, for which he won a Tony and the first of his ten Emmy Award nominations. Aside from the stage, Holbrook made his reputation primarily on television, and was memorable as Abraham Lincoln... See full bio »

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Into the Wild Ron Franz
(2007)
Lincoln Preston Blair
(2012)
(1976)
Creepshow Henry Northrup (segment "The Crate")
(1982)

Filmography

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 2017 Hawaii Five-0 (TV Series)
Leonard Patterson
- Waimaka 'ele'ele (2017) ... Leonard Patterson
 2017 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)
Dr. Lewis Clatch
- 'Till I Hear It from You (2017) ... Dr. Lewis Clatch
 2017 An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story (TV Movie)
Reinhold Niebuhr (voice)
 2017 Bones (TV Series)
Red Hudmore
- The New Tricks in the Old Dogs (2017) ... Red Hudmore
 2015 Blackway
Whizzer
 2010-2014 Sons of Anarchy (TV Series)
Nate Madock
- Red Rose (2014) ... Nate Madock
- Home (2010) ... Nate Madock
- Caregiver (2010) ... Nate Madock
- Oiled (2010) ... Nate Madock
- So (2010) ... Nate Madock
 2014 Planes: Fire & Rescue
Mayday (voice)
 2013 Rectify (TV Series)
Rutherford Gaines
- Modern Times (2013) ... Rutherford Gaines
 2013 Monday Mornings (TV Series)
Dr. Arvin Wayne
- The Legend and the Fall (2013) ... Dr. Arvin Wayne
 2013 Savannah
Judge Harden
 2012 Promised Land
Frank Yates
 2012 Lincoln
Preston Blair
 2010-2011 The Event (TV Series)
James Dempsey
- Cut Off the Head (2011) ... James Dempsey
- You Bury Other Things Too (2011) ... James Dempsey
- Face Off (2011) ... James Dempsey
- A Message Back (2011) ... James Dempsey
- Inostranka (2011) ... James Dempsey
 2011 Water for Elephants
Old Jacob
 2011 Good Day for It
Hec
 2010 Flying Lessons
Harry Pleasant
 2009 Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas (TV Movie)
Dean Davis Winters
 2009 That Evening Sun
Abner Meecham
 2008 Killshot
Papa
 2008 ER (TV Series)
Walter Perkins
- The Chicago Way (2008) ... Walter Perkins
- Truth Will Out (2008) ... Walter Perkins
 2007 Into the Wild
Ron Franz
 2006 NCIS (TV Series)
Mickey Stokes
- Escaped (2006) ... Mickey Stokes
 2006 The Sopranos (TV Series)
John Schwinn
- The Fleshy Part of the Thigh (2006) ... John Schwinn
 2005 The Cultivated Life: Thomas Jefferson and Wine (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 2005 Hope & Faith (TV Series)
Edward Shanowski
- A Room of One's Own (2005) ... Edward Shanowski
 2003 The Street Lawyer (TV Movie)
Arthur Jacobs
 2003 Good Morning, Miami (TV Series)
Jim Templeton
- Subterranean Workplace Blues (2003) ... Jim Templeton
- Her Place or Mine? (2003) ... Jim Templeton
 2003 Shade
The Professor
 2001-2002 The West Wing (TV Series)
Asst. Secretary of State Albie Duncan
- Game on (2002) ... Asst. Secretary of State Albie Duncan
- Gone Quiet (2001) ... Asst. Secretary of State Albie Duncan
 2002 Becker (TV Series)
Mr. Humphries
- And the Heartbeat Goes on (2002) ... Mr. Humphries
 2002 Purpose
Tom Walker
 2001 The Majestic
Congressman Doyle
 2001 The Legend of the Three Trees (Video short)
Narrator (voice)
 2001 Haven (TV Movie)
Harold L. Ickes
 2000 The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus (Video)
Ak - Master Woodsman of the World (voice)
 2000 Family Law (TV Series)
Judge Richard Lloyd
- One Mistake (2000) ... Judge Richard Lloyd
 2000 Men of Honor
'Mr. Pappy'
 2000 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Justice Oliver Harbison
- Final Appeal (2000) ... Justice Oliver Harbison
 2000 Waking the Dead
Isaac Green
 1999 A Place Apart (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1999 The Bachelor
Roy O'Dell
 1999 The Florentine
Smitty
 1998 My Own Country (TV Movie)
Lloyd Flanders
 1998 Beauty (TV Movie)
Alexander Miller
 1998 Rusty: A Dog's Tale
Boyd Callahan
 1998 Judas Kiss
Senator Rupert Hornbeck
 1998 Walking to the Waterline
Man on the Beach
 1998 Hush
Dr. Franklin Hill
 1997 The Third Twin (TV Movie)
Pete
 1997 All the Winters That Have Been (TV Movie)
Uncle Ren Corvin
 1997 Hercules
Amphitryon (voice)
 1997 Operation Delta Force (TV Movie)
Admiral Henshaw
 1997 Eye of God
Sheriff Rogers
 1997 Cats Don't Dance
Cranston (voice)
 1996 Carried Away
Dr. Evans
 1996 Innocent Victims (TV Movie)
Bob Hennis
 1995 She Stood Alone: The Tailhook Scandal (TV Movie)
Adm. Kelso
 1995 A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Jealous Jokester (TV Movie)
Wild Bill McKenzie
 1994 A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Grimacing Governor (TV Movie)
Wild Bill McKenzie
 1990-1994 Evening Shade (TV Series)
Evan Evans
- I Left My Ring in Evening Shade (1994) ... Evan Evans (credit only)
- The Odder Couple (1994) ... Evan Evans
- Mama Knows Best (1994) ... Evan Evans (credit only)
- Wood Climbs to New Heights (1994) ... Evan Evans
- Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wood? (1994) ... Evan Evans (credit only)
 1994 A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle (TV Movie)
William McKenzie
 1993 The Firm
Oliver Lambert
 1993 Bonds of Love (TV Movie)
Jim Smith
 1990 A Killing in a Small Town (TV Movie)
Dr. Beardsley
 1986-1989 Designing Women (TV Series)
Reese Watson
- Nightmare from Hee Haw (1989) ... Reese Watson
- Come on and Marry Me, Bill (1989) ... Reese Watson
- Reservations for 12, Plus Ursula (1988) ... Reese Watson
- Reservations for Eight (1988) ... Reese Watson
- How Great Thou Art (1988) ... Reese Watson
 1989 Sorry, Wrong Number (TV Movie)
Jim Coltrane
 1989 Fletch Lives
Ham Johnson
 1989 Day One (TV Movie)
Gen. George Marshall
 1988 Emma: Queen of the South Seas (TV Mini Series)
Jonas Coe
- Episode #1.4 (1988) ... Jonas Coe
- Episode #1.3 (1988) ... Jonas Coe
 1988 The Fortunate Pilgrim (TV Mini Series)
Dr. Andrew McKaig
- Episode #1.3 (1988) ... Dr. Andrew McKaig
- The Fortunate Pilgrim (1988) ... Dr. Andrew McKaig
- The Fortunate Pilgrim (1988) ... Dr. Andrew McKaig
 1988 I'll Be Home for Christmas (TV Movie)
Joseph Bundy
 1988 The Unholy
Archbishop Mosely
 1987 Wall Street
Lou Mannheim
 1987 Plaza Suite (TV Movie)
Sam Nash
 1986 North & South: Book 2, Love & War (TV Mini Series)
Abraham Lincoln
- March 1865 - April 1865 (1986) ... Abraham Lincoln
- December 1864 - February 1865 (1986) ... Abraham Lincoln (credit only)
- May 1864 - Late Autumn 1864 (1986) ... Abraham Lincoln
- September 17, 1862 - Spring 1864 (1986) ... Abraham Lincoln
- July 1861 - Summer 1862 (1986) ... Abraham Lincoln
 1986 Dress Gray (TV Mini Series)
Gen. Charles Hedges
- Episode #1.2 (1986) ... Gen. Charles Hedges
- Episode #1.1 (1986) ... Gen. Charles Hedges
 1986 Under Siege (TV Movie)
President Maxwell Monroe
 1985 Behind Enemy Lines (TV Movie)
Col. Calvin Turner
 1985 North & South: Book 1, North & South (TV Mini Series)
Abraham Lincoln
- Episode #1.6 (1985) ... Abraham Lincoln
- Episode #1.5 (1985) ... Abraham Lincoln (credit only)
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... Abraham Lincoln (credit only)
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... Abraham Lincoln (credit only)
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Abraham Lincoln (credit only)
 1984 I Am Joe's Skin (Short)
Joe's Skin (voice)
 1984 The Three Wishes of Billy Grier (TV Movie)
Grandpa Grier
 1984 George Washington (TV Mini Series)
John Adams
- Episode #1.3 (1984) ... John Adams
- Episode #1.2 (1984) ... John Adams
- Episode #1.1 (1984) ... John Adams
 1984 Celebrity (TV Mini Series)
Calvin Sledge
- Part 3 (1984) ... Calvin Sledge
- Part 2 (1984) ... Calvin Sledge
- Part 1 (1984) ... Calvin Sledge
 1983 The Star Chamber
Benjamin Caulfield
 1982 Girls Nite Out
Jim MacVey
 1982 Creepshow
Henry Northrup (segment "The Crate")
 1981 The Killing of Randy Webster (TV Movie)
John Webster
 1980 The Kidnapping of the President
President Adam Scott
 1980 Omnibus (TV Series)
Host
 1980 Off the Minnesota Strip (TV Movie)
Bud Johansen
 1980 The Fog
Father Malone
 1979 Natural Enemies
Paul Steward
 1979 When Hell Was in Session (TV Movie)
Cmdr. Jeremiah A. Denton
 1979 The Legend of the Golden Gun (TV Movie)
J.R. Swackhammer
 1979 Murder by Natural Causes (TV Movie)
Arthur Sinclair
 1978 The Awakening Land (TV Mini Series)
Portius Wheeler - The Solitary
- Part III: The Town (1978) ... Portius Wheeler - The Solitary
- Part II: The Fields (1978) ... Portius Wheeler - The Solitary
- Part I: The Trees (1978) ... Portius Wheeler - The Solitary
 1977 Capricorn One
Dr. James Kelloway
 1977 Julia
Alan
 1977 Rituals
Harry
 1977 Our Town (TV Movie)
Stage Manager
 1975-1976 Great Performances (TV Series)
Theater in America Host
- Ah, Wilderness! (1976) ... Theater in America Host
- Beyond the Horizon (1975) ... Theater in America Host
 1976 33 Hours in the Life of God (TV Movie)
Dr. Simon Abbott
 1976 Midway
Cmdr. Joseph Rochefort
 1974-1976 Lincoln (TV Mini Series)
Abraham Lincoln
- The Last Days (1976) ... Abraham Lincoln
- Crossing Fox River (1976) ... Abraham Lincoln
- The Unwilling Warrior (1975) ... Abraham Lincoln
- Prairie Lawyer (1975) ... Abraham Lincoln
- Sad Figure, Laughing (1975) ... Abraham Lincoln
 1976 All the President's Men
Deep Throat
 1973 Magnum Force
Lt. Briggs
 1973 Jonathan Livingston Seagull
The Elder (voice, uncredited)
 1973 Pueblo (TV Movie)
Capt. Lloyd Bucher
 1972 They Only Kill Their Masters
Dr. Warren G. Watkins
 1972 That Certain Summer (TV Movie)
Doug Salter
 1972 Appointment with Destiny (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- Surrender at Appomattox (1972) ... Narrator
 1971 Goodbye, Raggedy Ann (TV Movie)
Harlan Webb
 1971 Suddenly Single (TV Movie)
Larry Hackett
 1971 Travis Logan, D.A. (TV Movie)
Matthew Sand
 1970-1971 The Bold Ones: The Senator (TV Series)
Senator Hays Stowe
- A Single Blow of a Sword (1971) ... Senator Hays Stowe
- George Washington Told a Lie (1971) ... Senator Hays Stowe
- Some Day, They'll Elect a President (1971) ... Senator Hays Stowe
- A Continual Roar of Musketry: Part 2 (1970) ... Senator Hays Stowe
- A Continual Roar of Musketry: Part 1 (1970) ... Senator Hays Stowe
 1970 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series)
Mitch Collins
- The Wacky Zoo of Morgan City: Part 2 (1970) ... Mitch Collins
- The Wacky Zoo of Morgan City: Part 1 (1970) ... Mitch Collins
 1970 The Great White Hope
Cameron
 1970 The People Next Door
David Hoffman
 1970 A Clear and Present Danger (TV Movie)
Senator Hays Stowe
 1969 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Mayor John Adrian
- The Perfect Image (1969) ... Mayor John Adrian
 1969 The Whole World Is Watching (TV Movie)
Chancellor Leonard Graham
 1969 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Christopher Simes
- The Fraud (1969) ... Christopher Simes
 1968 The Brotherhood
Man at table (uncredited)
 1968 Wild in the Streets
Senator Johnny Fergus
 1968 Off to See the Wizard (TV Series)
Narrator
- Wild World (1968) ... Narrator
 1967 Coronet Blue (TV Series)
Carey Thomas
- Faces (1967) ... Carey Thomas
 1966 CBS Playhouse: The Glass Menagerie (TV Movie)
Her Son
 1966 Preview Tonight (TV Series)
 1966 The Group
Gus Leroy
 1966 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
Abraham Lincoln
- Episode #19.22 (1966) ... Abraham Lincoln
 1954-1959 The Brighter Day (TV Series)
Grayling Dennis
- Episode dated 2 January 1959 (1959) ... Grayling Dennis
- Episode dated 1 January 1959 (1959) ... Grayling Dennis
- Episode dated 31 December 1958 (1958) ... Grayling Dennis
- Episode dated 30 December 1958 (1958) ... Grayling Dennis
- Episode dated 29 December 1958 (1958) ... Grayling Dennis
 1955 Mr. Citizen (TV Series)
Don Gallagher
- Late for Supper (1955) ... Don Gallagher
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Show Show Writer (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
Show Show Additional Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (3 credits)
Show Show Self (108 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (12 credits)

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Other Works:

"Mark Twain Tonight!," one man show, written by Mark Twain (as Samuel Clemens), directed by Hal Holbrook. Longacre Theatre (85 performances + 1 preview on 22 Mar 1966). Cast: Hal Holbrook (as "Mark Twain"). Produced by Emanuel Azenberg, Eugene V. Wolsk and Leonard Soloway. Produced in association with John Lolas. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 2 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »


Alternate Names:

Hal & Carol

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Personal Quote:

On returning to theatre a month after his then wife Dixie Carter had died: I canceled five shows because of what was going on. I flew to L.A. to do Thousand Oaks and turned on my cellphone and heard that Dixie had another stroke on top of the cancer and I turned right around on Southwest. Look ... I need to work. If I don't work, I could sit down and contemplate suicide. My wife was no quitter ..... See more »


Star Sign:

Aquarius

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